Thrown away as refuse

The murder of Monique Roossien, part one

The Murder of Monique Roossien

The Murder of Monique Roossien

April 27th 2003, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
In the North of Amsterdam at theUitdammerdijk
A passer-by stumbles upon a woman’s body. She’s laying headlong in fetal position at the quay, near the water. She’s completely naked. No possessions of her are lying around. Questions of who she is and how she ended up there immediately rise with the police, who got called to the scene. The coroner rules her death a homicide. More specifically, the cause of death’s a fractured skull. They run her prints through the system and get a hit. The victim is Monique Roossien.

Monique Roossien
On June 12, 1976 Monique was born in a place called Sappemeer in the province Groningen, in the North of the Netherlands. When her parents got a divorce, the custody went to her mother. Those weren’t happy years at all. Things turned around when they went to live with their father as teens. Suddenly they had a normal life. It didn’t seem the past had a devastating effect on Monique, according to her sister Linda. One might think otherwise when Monique turned to drugs later on and got heavily addicted to heroin. Linda feels that was all due to ‘the wrong boyfriend.’ My thoughts are that I do think such a past leaves its mark. That doesn’t mean Monique was a weak link and should’ve been stronger mentally. You never can tell who’s the most effected and how. It might not always come to the surface always immediately what the aftermath will be. When a person grows up and can understand better what happened when they were a child, then the realisation might sink in. Then it could start to show. In a way it makes you vulnerable. In a way that it’s too much to feel that emotional raw pain every day. A person might then meet someone from ‘the wrong side of the track’. That someone might turn to a substance that helps to numb it. Very little people who are mentally healthy and/or completely happy would turn to hard drugs in such a manner. Usually, if not in all cases, those people have serious mental issues due to earlier traumatic experiences.

Whatever Monique’s reason, with the drug use automatically money problems started. She had to find a financial way to maintain her expensive addiction. All too often it leads to prostitution. Monique wasn’t an exception. In 2001, she moved to Amsterdam. She had worked in Groningen until then. In Amsterdam, the number of visiting ‘johns’ is more frequent. Daily, she was walking the streets behind the Central Station, according to newspapers. The evening of her death, people saw her at the ‘Rembrandtplein‘ in the city centre. If that was her usual spot, then ‘working behind the Central Station’ is a loose term and not quite correct. The ‘Rembrandtplein’ is 3 kilometers away from the train station and it’s not behind it. The street behind the station’s called ‘De Ruijterkade‘ instead. That one certainly was known for prostitution activity in those years. It might still be. It’s especially easy to get picked up by a car there. It’s known Monique also went in cars with ‘johns’.

It’s common knowledge that’s a high risk lifestyle. A whoremonger usually isn’t a top-notch citizen. They look down on the women they pay for sex. Prostitutes are used to dealing with the scum of the earth. They can get treated badly, they can be robbed, they can be raped or they get beat up. The risk of those things happening is higher if they get in a car with someone. The prostitutes who got killed usually were the women who worked the streets, instead of working in a club or ‘massage parlor’. One might ask. Then why didn’t she work there? For starters, then she needs to pay for the room she uses. It means she can’t keep all the money she earns per customer. Also, owners of those kind of clubs don’t want a full-blown drug addict working there. Those women are often very unreliable and cause trouble. On top of that. Being a heroin addict shows. Who wants someone like that to be part of ‘the showpieces’ of the club? It could cost them customers. Monique likely hadn’t much choice than to work the streets.

Although no one can say for certain Monique’s a John’s victim. Statistically speaking, it is the most likely scenario that’s where her life ended. In a car, by the fists of a John.

Part 2


Author of (based on) True Crime and articles based on injustices.

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3 comments on “Thrown away as refuse
  1. aishwarya148 says:

    Waiting for the next installment of the story Mirjam. It’s a captivating story, a dangerous turn of events and a question of cause and consequences yet unclear!
    Meanwhile…I am currently watching a NetFlix documentary on the case of Steven Avery who is in jail for the murder of a photographer. Could you write about the case? I would really like to see what details you dig out in your search. The documentary leads me to believe one way but I would like to read all the possibilities there are…if you could manage an article, it’ll be great! Thanks.

    • Aishwarya, thanks for stopping by. I come over to you after I finished this comment.

      Part 2 about Monique will hopefully be ready to post somewhere next week.

      Thanks for your request. I have seriously thought about it. Of course, I was aware of that one. I saw a documentary about him years ago and actually had forgotten about him. Until he became news again. However, this is a very complicated case with a lot of twists and turns and a lot of footage to look into. I don’t think I can make the time for it in the near future. Sorry about that. It’s because there is another enhanced article I work on. Had planned to already finish it and post it. Hasn’t happen yet. I decided to give priority the Remember The Unsolved page. Twelve people on there, who I wanted to write a blog article about. Monique is one of those twelve and the first I wrote about. Because I was the furthest with the article about her. And I promised two loved ones of two of the other people on that page that they can expect a blog article after.
      Hopefully you understand why I have to decline on the Steven Avery case.
      I do know there is some unknown DNA pending, that might clear him. According to his lawyer that might be the case. We’ll see. 🙂

      • Aishwarya says:

        Of course I understand Mirjam! I just thought it would be nice to read about the whole case together. My heart reaches out to Steven and his parents who’ve stood by him through everything. Therefore I made the request. However I understand that there are as many others who suffer from such an issue unfortunately and every case you write about is equally important. I might write something on Steven soon and I’d love it if you gave a critical thought to my article and commented on it honestly. It would mean a lot to me. Thanks for considering the request either way. Love and regards

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